Environmentalists sure could use an ace in the hole to fight climate change. A well-known name speaking up against global warming, bringing attention back to the issue, is just what the movement needs. Well unless of course, that high-profile person is a convicted cult-leader who orchestrated the murders of eight people in the late 1960s.
Whether environmentalists like it or not, they have a new spokesperson in the form of notorious killer Charles Manson, who broke his 20-year silence to speak out about global warming during a prison interview with Spain’s Vanity Fair.
Manson, now 76, was jailed 40 years ago after being accused of brainwashing members of his commune known as “The Manson Family" and instructing certain members to kill eight people, including Roman Polanski’s pregnant wife, Sharon Tate.
He has openly admitted to his participation in the killings, and during the interview even described himself as a “bad man who shoots people,” also saying “I’m too bad. I’m a mean guy. I’m an outlaw. I’m a criminal. I’m everything bad.”
Manson was most concerned during the interview about global warming, which he says could be even more dangerous than himself. "Everyone's God and if we don't wake up to that there's going to be no weather because our polar caps are melting because we're doing bad things to the atmosphere,” Manson said during the phone interview.
It shouldn’t come as a huge surprise that Manson chose to speak about global warming, as he co-founded ATWA (which both stands for Air Trees Water Animals and All The Way Alive) from inside jail.
While much of the interview was scattered and could be taken as the ramblings of a crazed man, Manson talked with a sense of urgency about increasing green efforts. “If we don’t change that as rapidly as I’m speaking to you now, if we don’t put the green back on the planet and put the trees back that we’ve butchered, if we don’t go to war against the problem,” he said before trailing off.
(Photos: AP and New York Daily News)